Marcus Joseph (MJ) Bergman 88, of Conrad, Mont. passed away early Saturday morning November 28, 2015 at home with his family by his side; just 30 days after his loving wife of 64 years, Audrey.
Posted on 12/11/15
A joint memorial service for Marcus and Audrey was held Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at Saint Michaels Catholic Church in Conrad, Mont.
Interment at the Sunburst Cemetery.
Marcus was born in 1927 at Mount Carmel to Harry Joseph and Bertha Bergman. He was raised in and around Wales. He served in the Navy during World War II. After leaving the service he worked several jobs, completed telegraph school in Minneapolis in 1947, and then joined the Great Northern Railway. He worked as a depot agent/telegraph operator at several sites throughout central Montana, ending up in Sweetgrass in 1952. He retired from the railroad in 1988 after 41 years of service. He married Audrey Rose Chase in 1951 and they spent the next 36 years in Sweetgrass raising their five children. In the mid 60’s they built the “Border Service” gas and grocery store to fill a local need and later also purchased a truck stop and laundry mat. The family spent the next decade working those businesses. He was also very involved in the local American Legion post. After retiring in 1988, he and Audrey moved to Arizona City, Ariz., returning each summer to Glacier Park. In 2005 they moved to Conrad and continued to spend their summers in West Glacier. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, golf, cribbage, and having a beer or two with friends. He had many sayings for which he will be remembered.
Marcus is survived by his children; Gary (LaDonna), Patrick (Mary), both of Fulshear, Texas, Michael of Ethridge, Sharon (Ray) Stoetzel of Conrad, Mont. and Mary Ann (Paul) McCann of Havre, Mont.; 15 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, sisters: Jean Kram, Puggy Kram, and Patty Kessler; and brothers: Harold, Tom, and Jerry Bergman.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Audrey, daughter in-law Karen Bergman, as well as numerous nephews, a niece, brothers and sisters in-law.
Memorials can be made to the Sweetgrass American Legion post or the charity of the donor’s choice.
Pondera Funeral Home of Conrad was in charge arrangements.Condolences can be made to www.misermortuaries.com.